Gathering around a stack of books, students and faculty members met at the Monte Ahuja College of Business’ boardroom to have an hour-and-a-half-long conversation about the ins and outs of creating and maintaining one’s business.
This meeting was the third of a series of presentations hosted by the college called Founder Fridays, which is an event students and faculty members can go to network with founders, co-founders and entrepreneurs of businesses in the Cleveland area.
Matt Souful, a life-long Clevelander and the co-founder of the Business Quarterback and Consolidated Casework, Inc., helped guide the discussion for the third Friday Founders event on Nov. 30,
“We [the Business Quarterback] call ourselves ‘profit warriors,’ [because] we are constantly working with our clients to drive profitability in their businesses,” Souful said. “We leverage my chief financial officer background and my accounting background to provide three buckets of services.”
Those buckets of services he refers to are accounting and traditional bookkeeping for smaller businesses; outsourced chief financial services; and profit-first advising and coaching, which is a certification his company offers based on a book called “Profit First.”
These services are what Souful has spent years crafting and trying to maintain, and he’s done so with a lot of hard work and homework.
In addition to explaining what exactly his company is, he also explained during his presentation what his approach to finance is, how he started, and how he’s been able to maintain that success.
Souful was the third and final entrepreneur to host the Founder Friday event for the fall semester. The College of Business will host more of these events next semester, when Ossemble founder Joshua Koszekski will discuss how he started his business.
Koszekski will be coming to Cleveland State University to discuss the trials of starting his business on Jan. 25.